The Essex Safeguarding Childrens Board: An ECVYS Update

The Essex Safeguarding Children Board web has areas for parents/carers and young people as well as a dedicated area for people who work with children and a learning and development area. Get in touch if you have any comments or suggestions.

If you have any queries about any of our courses, please email or call 0333 013 8937

For other training opportunities visit the Essex Safeguarding Children Board website.

ECVYS have great links into the ESCB and we have reps at all of the local stay safe groups. To see more updates please click here

The latest ESCB update and training schedules can be found here ECVYS have great links into the ESCB and we have reps at all of the local stay safe groups. To see more updates please click here

Please note that late notice cancellations and non-attendance at courses will incur a charge, you will need to complete payment information upon booking a course, this information will only be used if you cancel your place with less than 15 working days’ notice or do not attend on the day.


Working Together and Effective Support for Children and Families in Essex

This NEW course is for anyone working with children and families in Essex County Council and will aim to provide a better understanding of how we all work across the effective support windscreen to improve outcomes for children and families.

More information and book a place.

Early Help Workshops (virtual session)

These virtual workshops are for anyone working with children and families in Essex. They will provide tips and advice on how to:

  • Engage families throughout the Early Help Intervention
  • Discuss a Team Around the Family meeting
  • Create an Early Help Plan

More information and book a place.

Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Beliefs

This course is for those working directly with children and families in Essex and their managers to:

  • Help understand the various elements of abuse linked to faith or belief
  • Identify factors within various faith and belief systems that may make some of these harmful to children and adults
  • To be able to identify risk factors of child abuse linked to faith or belief
  • Gain greater confidence to recognise and support those at risk of abuse linked to faith or belief

More information and book a place.

Criminal Exploitation

This course will provide participants with information about the signs of Criminal Exploitation, how it progresses and what support services are available. Delegates will gain practical guidance for communicating with children and young people that you suspect of being involved in criminal exploitation.

More information and book a place.

Suicide Prevention

SP-EAK Suicide Prevention – Explore, Ask, Keep-Safe (3.5hrs)

Delivered by Papyrus this workshop aims to enable participants to identify those with thoughts of suicide, respond effectively and connect them with support. The workshop is suitable for anyone working with children or adults.

Find out more and book a place.

Safeguarding Level 2

This multi-agency course is for those who work directly with children, young people and their families in Essex on a regular basis and will help participants recognise, respond to and share safeguarding concerns.

More information and how to book.

Safeguarding Level 3 – Designated Person

This is a one day multi-agency programme for those who are the designated person for child protection within their organisation. This course will help the designated person understand the legislative and good practice requirements for safeguarding children and understand what safeguarding arrangements should be in place to keep children safe.

Find out more and book a place.

Trauma Courses – Basic, Advanced and Vicarious Trauma

Our Trauma offering consists of three courses:

Basic Awareness – For anyone working with children and adults in Essex this one day course will enable you to think about the impact of trauma and include this in the way you work benefitting both yourself and the people you work with.

Advanced Awareness – For those who have completed the basic awareness and would benefit from a more in depth course focussing on what to do and what not to do when working with someone who is still being affected by trauma recently or historically.

Vicarious Trauma –  For managers to support workers who have had their own childhood or adult experiences of trauma and victimisation.

Domestic Abuse – Online Community J9 training sessions 

J9 training sessions are intended to raise awareness and increase knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse, ensuring that people are equipped to respond appropriately and effectively.

Sessions will begin on Thursday 2nd July and continue to take place:

  • Tuesday at 10am
  • Thursday at 2pm

Read more and how to book.

ESCB Early Help and Team Around the Family virtual workshops

These virtual workshops are for anyone working with children and families in Essex. The workshops will help participants understand the key points of the Effective Support Document, Early Help and Team Around the Family.

The workshops will provide tips and advice on how to:

  • Engage families throughout the Early Help Intervention
  • Discuss a Team Around the Family meeting
  • Create an Early Help Plan

Each session lasts two hours, and will be hosted via Microsoft Teams. You’ll be sent an email by the facilitator inviting you to the session on MS Teams a week before the workshop date with all the information you need to join the session and need as part of the session.

Sessions still available are:

4th August 2020 10am-12pm

2nd September 2020 1pm-3pm

1st October 2020 1pm-3pm

The Essex Safeguarding Children Board has today published its plan setting out the new Essex Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements (MASA) that will come into effect from 29th September 2019 to comply with the requirements set out in the statutory guidance Working Together 2018.

We would like to thank all partner agencies for their contributions and hard work in helping develop the plan, details of which can be found via the following link to the ESCB website:

The Essex Safeguarding Children Board web has areas for parents/carers and young people as well as a dedicated area for people who work with children and a learning and development area. Get in touch if you have any comments or suggestions.

The Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) meets 4 times a year. In these meetings the Board – which is made up of different agencies – discusses matters that affect children, young people and their families in order to find ways of better protecting them from harm. It does not discuss individual cases but rather overarching themes.

Check out this one minute guide to find out exactly what the ESCB get up to


Essex Council for Voluntary Youth Service (ECVYS) members are able to attend at a reduced price £20
All other Voluntary/Charity Organisations £30
Health/Police/Probation services/Local government, schools and community interest companies £60
Private, independent and profit-making organisations £90
Children & Families Hub Directory of Services
The Children & Families Hub uses the Effective Support Directory to signpost to services when the level of need in a request for support does not meet Children Social Care or Family Solutions.
You will now be able to access hyperlinks in the document with just one click!
Click on Quick Link to Children and Families – Directory of Services:
I Didn’t Know’ Campaign to Fight Against Child Sexual Exploitation
‘I Didn’t Know’ campaign has been set up collaboratively between Southend, Essex and Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children Boards and Essex Police.
Inspired by a video project designed and created by the Essex Children in Care Council, it aims to raise awareness about Child Sexual Exploitation across the wider Essex area and support communities understanding of what CSE is, how to recognise it, and what to do to get help and support.
Tackling child sexual exploitation requires a commitment by everyone. Please help support this campaign. Resources are provided for you to download and use freely.

National Update: The Charity Commission has published a new Safeguarding strategy, and says that safeguarding is a key governance priority for all charities.


Operation Henderson

Research and local data have shown transport networks are used by vulnerable young people who may be at risk of CSE/CCE and trafficking. Young people often gravitate towards stations because they are busy, anonymous places that also provide some form of shelter and access to food and drink. A young person may use a station or public transport as a way to try to disappear. Bus and rail networks can also be used by offenders to traffic young people for the purpose of sexual and criminal exploitation. Under the banner of Operation Henderson, a campaign will run from 29th January – 11th February, and then will involve outreach work and publication of new resources.

The campaign will support the general public, railway workers and businesses around stations to recognise the signs of exploitation and if they have concerns to report them to British Transport Police on 0800 405040 or text 61016.

Please help support the campaign through social media, by sharing resources with parents or young people and have conversations about spotting the signs and how to get support. For details about the wider project and to access the resources, which include leaflets and a training package visit the Operation Henderson webpage.

Update from The Children’s Society by Rosie Spindler

A key piece of work carried out by The Children’s Society with young people is around consent. This is explored with young people in depth using different resources, some are outlined below.

Legal definition of consent: “A person consents if he/she agrees by choice and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice.” Section 74, Sexual Offences Act: 2003

Cup of tea video

Freedom and capacity (image)

We have found through direct work, that although some young people feel they ‘know’ what consent is when initially discussed, when explored they are shocked at the following:

  • Having to be awake in order to consent – young people have questioned whether if they had fallen asleep or fallen unconscious due to substances, whether this is still consenting, especially if this is their boyfriend/girlfriend.
  • Age – young people have been unaware that if you have sex at 12 years old this is classed as statutory rape.
  • There is a lot of confusion with young people around consenting to sex with a boyfriend/girlfriend, and feeling although once they have consented to one sexual act, this then leads to many others without having to consent to each act.
  • Young people have commented that they feel obliged and expected to engage in sexual acts/sexual intercourse because they are their ‘boyfriend/girlfriend’.

Although these conversations with young females/males can be challenging at times and difficult, we have found that this is one of the most impactful topics, which can lead to disclosures of information and realisation of what may have happened to that young female/male, that they may not have previously understood.

If you would like more information about direct work with young people our CARE (Children At Risk of Exploitation) service can offer support and advice 01245 493311.

National Referral Mechanism for victims of Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking by Cristina Gavrilovic, Essex Police

The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is a framework for identifying victims of human trafficking or modern slavery and ensuring they receive the appropriate support. The NRM was introduced in 2009 to meet the UK’s obligations under the Council of European Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. At the core of every country’s NRM is the process of locating and identifying “potential victims of trafficking”.

The NRM is also the mechanism through which the Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU) collect data about victims. The national contract is held by The Salvation Army and it provides up ongoing accommodation, counselling, expert advice and advocacy for up to 90 days for an adult.

Children cannot access this service but must still be referred to the NRM through an NRM referral. Form and further guidance can be found here. A child identified at risk of being trafficked and exploited for sexual purposes, forced labour and criminal exploitation should be supported and safeguarded through the locally established safeguarding processes.

To find out more about how to identify the indicators of Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking this document has information for frontline workers or you can visit the ESCB website.

Spot It Stop It – Braintree District Initiative by Lucy Wilson, Community Safety Manager

The Galley’s corner area of the Braintree District has been identified as a child exploitation hotspot through intelligence from MACE, Essex Police and from visits made to businesses as part of the work for National CSE awareness day back in March. Braintree embarked on a project to highlight this to local businesses and licensed premises in the area firstly by reaching out and seeing which business would engage with us to raise awareness. The response from most was very positive with most premises wanting to do what they could to ensure that the exploitation of children and young people was not happening on or near their premises.

We have since developed a scheme called, “SPOT IT STOP IT”. To be part of the scheme businesses have to adhere to a set of standards. You can find out more about the scheme here.

Choices Peer Development Programme in North Essex 2018

The next ‘Choice’s Peer Development Programme’ for young women aged 13 – 16 years old who are vulnerable to CSE and/or going Missing (with open cases to Children and Families Service) will be running over 7 weeks from Wednesday 31st January through to Wednesday 21st March at Clacton Family Centre.

The programme is structured to create a safe and trusting environment enabling young people to express their views without being judged.  Young people will be encouraged to participate in a series of peer led group activities enabling them to develop their confidence, self-esteem and understanding of healthy relationships and positive decision making.

Find out more about the Choices Peer Development Programme.

2018 Schools CSE Project

ESCB will be repeating the popular 2016 schools CSE project in February to gain information to help them understand how aware children are of healthy relationships, CSE and online safety. For more information and to start preparing for February, schools can visit the ESCB website, which provides an outline about what is involved and access to the resources needed to complete the project, including parents/carers letters.

NWG training events

The latest training events from NWG have been published on the CSE Learning and Development pages of the ESCB website for easy access, and will be updated monthly so keep checking for relevant updates.

Child Exploitation Project Manager Blog

Clare Livens, Child Exploitation Project Manager January blog is available to read here. Clare talks in more detail about the work being done with schools and Operation Henderson.

SET CSE Toolbox and access to SET CSE Toolbox Training

Southend, Essex and Thurrock CSE Toolbox

For professionals who work with children, young people and families, when they have concerns about child sexual exploitation.  This toolbox provides you with guidance and information about working with victims and perpetrators of child sexual exploitation, it supports you with easy access to information on how to share your concerns with Essex Police and it provides easy, fast access to the SET CSE Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment. If you need help with looking into multi-agency plans for children at risk, why not look at the CSE Risk Management Plan accessed via this toolbox, which can help you explore together actions to support in work with children and young people, their parents, carers and look at collecting evidence or disruption SET (Southend, Essex and Thurrock) CSE Toolbox

How to access the FREE CSE Toolbox Online Training

Visit the CSE learning and development page to find out more about this free training to support staff in undertaking the CSE Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment and what you need to do to access it.


Working Effectively to Address Child Sexual Exploitation: Evidence Scope

Research in Practice have recently published a revised Evidence Scope on CSE (originally produced in September 2015), which now reflects new evidence and practice information. The Evidence Scope aims to support local areas in the continual development of CSE services by reviewing and critically appraising relevant evidence. It brings together evidence that supports interventions and multi-agency and inter-professional approaches to working to improve outcomes for young people who may be affected by CSE.

Resources: A guide to becoming a safer parent online

NWG Online: Onguard leaflet

NWG Online: Onguard leaflet (print-ready)

Stop CSE website for parents/carers

The impact of online and offline child sexual abuse

The NSPCC has published a report looking at effects of child sexual abuse (CSA) carried out using online or digital technologies. Findings include: technology can give perpetrators of abuse easier access to young people than they have in the offline world; the online environment can hide abusive dynamics that would be more obvious in face to face relationships; technology can give perpetrators of abuse easier access to young people than they have in the offline world. Full details can be found in the report.

County lines – criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable people

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has published an update on county lines, which is the drug dealing model involving networks from urban centres expanding their drug dealing activities into smaller towns and rural areas, often exploiting young or vulnerable people. Findings from a survey of police forces in England, Wales, Scotland and the Metropolitan Police include: 65% of forces reported that county lines activity was linked to the exploitation of children; and 26% of forces reported evidence of child sexual exploitation. It’s estimated there are at least 720 county lines across England and Wales, the majority of which will involve the exploitation of multiple young or otherwise vulnerable people.

Unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery: statutory guidance

The Department for Education (DfE) has published statutory guidance for local authorities in England setting out the steps that should be taken to plan for the provision of support for looked after children who are unaccompanied asylum seeking children, unaccompanied migrant children or child victims of modern slavery including trafficking.

NSPCC online course: managing sexualised behaviour in primary schools

The new online training course aims to help teachers and school staff identify and respond appropriately to instances of sexualised behaviour. It includes practical information and advice on how to recognise, respond to and report cases of unhealthy sexualised behaviour to help prevent children coming to harm. Training can be accessed here.

Child sexual exploitation: How public health can support prevention and intervention

The impact of child sexual exploitation can be profound and devastating. This resource provides local public health teams with both the evidence base for their role on prevention, as well as a practical framework to help support public health leaders and commissioners to take effective action.

Alexi Project evaluation of CSE service development

The Alexi Project was a five-year development programme, designed by the Child Sexual Exploitation Funders Alliance (CSEFA) to extend the reach of specialist CSE voluntary services across England using a ‘Hub and Spoke’ model. Key messages from the University of Bedfordshire evaluation of the Project include:

  • CSE service provision expanded significantly across England. By the close of the evaluation period they had trained 6568 professionals and provided 1-1 support to 783 children and young people.
  • The voluntary sector is valued for its ability to engage young people affected by CSE and make a distinct contribution to local safeguarding through workers’ ability to engage young people that other services find hard to reach.

The report also contains valuable learning about implementing service expansion using the Hub and Spoke model.  The full report and a range of other resources are at the Alexi Project website.




Chelsea’s Choice: If you work with young people, there is a free training opportunity running across Essex this September and October, which aims to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation. It forms part of a project commissioned by the Essex Youth Strategy Groups.

Calling all CSE Champions!

If you are an existing CSE Champion, don’t forget you need to update your Champion Status. The deadline is 31st January 2018.

Find out how to maintain your Champions role.

Child in Need Training

These workshops are an introduction to working with child in need (section 17). The training is aimed at managers and those working with children, young people and families who want to expand or consolidate their understanding of working with families under child in need (section 17) or those who are new to their role and wish to develop their understanding of child in need work.

Find out more and book a place.

Strengths Based Approach to Child Protection Conferences and Core Group Training

For anyone working with children and families in Essex who would like to better understand the strengths based approach. This course will also help participants to ensure they are an active member of the core group.

Find out more and book a place.

Safeguarding Children Level 2

For those who work directly with children, young people and their families in Essex on a regular basis, this course aims to develop an enhanced understanding of safeguarding children including identifying and responding to concerns.

Find out more and book a place.

Safeguarding Children Level 3: Designated Person Training

This is a one day multi-agency programme for those who are the designated person for child protection within their organisation. It is expected that participants have previously attended level 2 safeguarding training or equivalent.

Find out more and book a place.

Working with Resistant Families and Disguised Compliance

This course is aimed at experienced workers who will get the opportunity for a facilitator led in-depth discussion and analysis of the key aspects of phenomena such as disguised/false compliance, avoidant or resistant behaviour of families/carers.

Find out more and book a place.

Tools to Help Professionals when Working with Domestic Abuse Perpetrators

This course is run by the Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse Board. It’s a 3 day training course is aimed at professionals working directly with perpetrators of abuse/ their families. (Please note – this specific course excludes Essex County Council Social Care professionals as they have the opportunity to access an ESCA commissioned training course).

Find out more and book a place.



ESAB Annual Report 2016-17
Published online, our annual report summarises the Board’s activities and discusses how ESAB has been working closely with wider strategic partnerships in Essex.

It sets out how the Board has met its statutory responsibilities and objectives and also how it is has progressed with its Strategic Plan for 2015-17.

Read the report’s key highlights in our news section and access the publication here.

1 Minute Guide to SAR Referrals

We’ve developed a ‘one minute’ guide for practitioners to differentiate between a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) and a Section 42 (S42) enquiry.

This guidance is intended to help practitioners decide whether a statutory review is required for cases they are managing, where they suspect an adult has experienced serious abuse and neglect.

Download the guide or find it on the Professionals page.

SET Guidance: Managing and Responding to Organisational Safeguarding Concerns

The Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) Safeguarding Adults Boards have jointly published this guidance for those involved in managing organisational safeguarding concerns.

Find out what the guidance covers and download the document here.

Let’s Talk

mental health and wellbeing strategy for 2017-2021 has been developed by local county councils and clinical commissioning groups to support residents across Essex, Southend and Thurrock.

It aims to promote mental well-being for all; ensure those needing support get the right service at the right time, as well as focus on prevention, early intervention, integrating services and co-producing with service users.

For advice and information on mental health, visit Living Well Essex. You can also find out about local resources on our Community Information page.

Alongside the Essex Safeguarding Adults Board, we published PREVENT Policy and Guidance on preventing radicalisation as well as a Safeguarding Guide for Accommodation Providers.

In light of the allegations of historical child sexual abuse at various football clubs across the country the Board jointly published Guidance for Parents on choosing out of school activities with Sports Active Essex and Essex County Council LADOs. This can be found on the new Safeguarding in Sport pages for Professionals and Parents/Carers.

The CSE chapter in the Southend, Essex & Thurrock Child Protection Procedures was revised to reflect a new definition and guidance on Child Sexual Exploitation.

There is new Southend, Essex & Thurrock Domestic Abuse Information Sharing Guidance providing multi-agency guidance for frontline practitioners.

ESCB an update from the ‘ Child exploitation and missing children’ sub group   25th May 2017

Gangsline are now active in Essex under PCC commissioning and delivering assemblies and mentoring in schools. They have been invited to the meeting in July to give an update.

Bi annual report Highlights:

  • ‘Missing children’ figures over Essex have stayed consisted over the last 6 months, With the highest number of these being children in care. (Nearly 50% of these children don’t believe they are at any risk when they go missing.)
  • A third of all children and families risk records for Essex are high risk, with increasing numbers at risk of CSE over the last 6 months.
  • There are improvements being made in helping to record and recognise males as at risk of CSE but more data will be collated by ESCB colleagues on the level of risk of the boys being identified to see how this tallies with the level of risk of girls being identified.
  • The ‘Older adult boyfriend’ model is the highest group at risk of cse and peer on peer is the next at risk.
  • The time that 8-11yr old are spending online has doubled since 2005 (CEOP data). This undoubtedly means a higher risk level and the ESCB team are aware of this.

We were grateful to be joined by the Stansted Border force team for an update on CSE and ‘missing children’ from their perspective-

Stansted has 25 million passengers per year and every border force officer is trained in basic safeguarding. Up to 50 more staff have specialist training in safeguarding and there are safe spaces for vulnerable families and children at the airport. Its a mammoth task but the border force are always looking out for children and young people that might be at risk.

The #KnowAboutCSE campaign with the police hit a large audience over social media platforms from 13th-18th March.

Countywide Child Sexual Exploitation project – Chelsea’s Choice:
The ECC Youth Strategy Groups and partners have jointly commissioned a countywide CSE project for young people aged 13 – 19 (up to 25 if SEN) and professionals and community leaders working with young people.  for more information see here

Priority will be made to share information across The ESCB, The boarder force, police, youth services, voluntary sector, health and schools to further a joined up approach in tackling CSE and missing children

Safeguarding Resources

The New Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Toolbox

The New ‘SET CSE Toolbox’ is now ‘Live’ and ready to use….

It features a range of guidance, resources and a new ‘SET CSE Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment’ that can be used by staff working with children, young people and families when they have concerns about child sexual exploitation.  

The SET CSE Toolbox replaces the SET CSE Risk Assessment Toolkit and has been created in consultation with the National CSE Response Unit (part of the National Working Group).  

The new risk assessment is a sharper, more focused instrument and guides professionals through the complex network of young people’s lives to gain a better insight into their vulnerabilities and indicators of CSE.  

Access the CSE Toolbox here: CSE Professionals Page

To support staff in using the CSE Toolbox and the CSE Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment, a short, free, online training course is available. Details of how to access the SET CSE Toolbox Online Training are available here: Learning and Development CSE

Free NWG membership

Email the ESCB if you are an ECVYS member about accessing the national working group web resources (including a level 1 safeguarding course) for free. Email them here